American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One whose earnings are the primary source of support for one's dependents.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who earns a livelihood for himself and those dependent upon him: usually restricted to one who is directly dependent upon his earnings from day to day or from week to week.
- n. That by means of which one earns one's bread.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The member of a family whose labor supplies the food of the family; one who works for his living.
- n. one whose earnings are the primary source of support for their dependents
- From bread + winner, where to win = to earn. Compare West Frisian breawinning ("livelihood", literally "bread-winning"). (Wiktionary)
“Unfortunately, the breadwinner is the power holder and humans are not all always fair and responsible with their power.”
“The emergence of this cohort of high-earning young women and the increasing number of female breadwinners are transforming gender relationships, upending patterns of matchmaking, marriage and motherhood, creating a new conflict between the sexes, redefining the word "breadwinner" and inspiring tracts on the leveling of men's roles.”
“For example, she may be the main breadwinner, he does the housework, or he handles the money and investments.”
“Also take care to note that several families are still unsure of how they'll be able to make ends meet while the primary breadwinner is gone obviously they've been squandering the "vast" piles of cash the government has been giving them.”
“No, these are the folks, often families with kids, where the main breadwinner lost their job, or there is a divorce with the mother not having a job, and then the family not being able to afford their home or any other one available, folks with no backup of savings.”
“When she married Ronald Rougier and had a son of her own, she carried on as the head of this household as well, becoming the main breadwinner while her husband stuttered through an early and unsuccessful career as a mining engineer and then changed direction completely to train as a barrister.”
“The main breadwinner, Rachel is really the Traditional Dad, but instead of being handed her pipe and slippers at six, she appears to be marooned in a sexless remodeling project with a passive-aggressive Competitive Wife.”
“Being the eldest son, Amir had to work even harder as the main breadwinner of the family, which was comprised of his four brothers, a baby sister and his parents, as well as an uncle who suffers from throat cancer.”
“Asking your writing to be your breadwinner is like asking your pet platypus to become a prostitute to pay for your crack habit.”
“In both cases, the breadwinner is self-employed and at least one member of the family has a pre-existing condition.”
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